Romero House

The Howcroft Lecture 2018

 In a public lecture on Friday January 26, internationally acclaimed writer Marina Nemat will address the widespread indifference in our world and issue a ringing summons to action.
Marina Nemat is the author of the bestselling Prisoner of Teheran, and will present her perspective on the challenges faced today in Canada, in Iran and throughout the world. She will focus on the unique contribution of young people in Canada today.
Marina Nemat was arrested as a teenager in Iran and imprisoned in the notorious Evin Prison for two years. She came to Canada in 1991 and has been an active member of a variety of human rights groups since that time. Her book, Prisoner of Teheran, has been published in 28 countries.
The public lecture on January 26 is free and will take place at Marrocco Merton High School auditorium, 1515 Bloor St. West (near the Dundas West subway station on the Bloor line) at 7:30 PM. The lecture is sponsored by Romero House for Refugees as part of its contribution to the civic life of the city.
Note: The author’s talk will include reflections and sharing of her intense experiences while imprisoned, and as such this talk may not be appropriate for young children under the age of 14.

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

This year’s Scotiabank Marathon will be held on Sunday, Oct. 22nd, 2017!

Romero House participates in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon as a featured charity for Romero House. We have a team of participants who run or walk in the 5K , Half-Marathon, or full Marathon to raise money to support refugees living in Romero House. The Waterfront marathon is one of our most important fundraisers and we would love to see as many people as possible out running, walking, or helping out at the water station! We are currently looking for donations and anyone to come out and cheer on our runners and walkers!

If you would like to make a donation please follow this link:

Donations can be made directly to the Romero House team or to a specific runner or walker on the team. If you have any question please call our Romero House phone line at 416-763-1303, or e-mail to

Thank you!

Jason’s Story

Romero House is a unique experience.  I personally loved my time there and I think you would be hard pressed to find another internship like it.  You will be working on the front lines of refugee settlement work in Canada and will learn so much about yourself, Canada’s refugee system, and about how to provide support to some of the most vulnerable members of our community. While I came to Romero without any experience in settlement work or technical knowledge of Canada’s immigration system, I found Romero provided an excellent environment to learn and challenge myself to do things I never thought I was capable of. When I came to Romero in Sept. 2013 I was a pretty shy and quiet person. I was also slightly intimidated by the amount of responsibility and trust Jenn, Mary Jo, and my companions placed in me.  But regardless of my own trepidation I was still thrown into into the deep end, being asked to connect families with legal aid and legal counsel, or to connect them to particular health care services, or to help them find short term emergency housing. With enough experience I became more confident to the point where I decided to stay a second year. But what I remember even more fondly than the case work are the relationships I built with my companions.  It is a real privilege to be welcomed into a family, to be invited to accompany them as they move through an extremely disorienting and somewhat unsympathetic system.  While I also remember how exhausting some days can be, I will never forgot the people I met, many of whom I am still connected with today. Romero House’s greatest asset is the community it builds and serves and I hope you will take advantage of the chance to be a part of it.  Whether that means becoming an intern, volunteer, or just coming to the street party in June.

Hola!: Fundraiser for Romero House


The Howcroft Lecture 2017


Sal’s Story

I was challenged to be patient, specifically to learn how to wait with people when there was no apparent “light at the end of the tunnel.” We live in a society that prizes quick results and immediate gratification, but some of the refugees I accompanied still have not received their result, over five years after their processes began. I often became frustrated when our efforts to “make things work” seemed to amount to nothing, but our way of working and living at Romero House eventually allowed me to understand that justice comes slowly, with persistence and patience. That has given me an important perspective that helps guide me in my current vocation today, in an institution where change occurs very slowly and in work that often seems hopeless in the face of some of the greatest challenges known to humanity.


Lula Lounge Fundraiser



Romero House turns 25 this year!


We launch our celebrations at the Lula Lounge on April 27th 2016. This is a chance to support our work and to gather together to look back on our first 25 years.

Join us as we dance to the music of Nomadica, enjoy excellent tapas, and share memories and stories of Romero House’s 25 years – all in great company!

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here, on the phone at (416)763-1303 or in person – just ask for Matt or Gary.

Romero House Office Closures

The Romero House office will close for the holidays on December 23rd at 5pm, and reopen on the morning of Monday January 4th.

Esther’s Story

My name is Esther Gibbs and I now work as the Communications Advisor to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. While this is a great position, the best job I ever had was working for Romero House. I was an intern for 2 years from 2007 – 2009. Romero House is a refuge for the people it serves but it is also a haven for the interns as well. At Romero House, I lived the way I had always wanted to live – in community with and for each other. Romero House continues to be my community and the interns that I worked with are still my best friends, eight years later. I am still in contact with the refugee families that I lived with and we continue to support each other. Working at Romero House is a big sacrifice (it takes a lot of time and energy) but it is also incredibly rewarding and immensely gratifying. It’s also a lot of fun as you will party almost every week! I am very happy that I am back in the neighbourhood of Romero House after moving away in 2009. I got married this past summer to the man of my dreams and we moved a few blocks away from Romero House. Prior to getting married, becoming an intern was the best decision I had ever made.